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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Its OK, but very much “ young adult”

  • By tinyNorman on 09-10-17

Its OK, but very much “ young adult”

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-17

School aged angst mixed with magic. I did not find the characters appealing, cuz it has been a long time since those dramas were my dramas. Might be ok for someone else.

Writing was a little bit of Thesaurus Salad, too, which can be annoying. I did not finish past Chapter 2. Your results may vary.

  • Promise of Blood

  • The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sends corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brings bread to the starving. But it also provokes war in the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics and greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas' supposed allies: the Church, workers' unions, and mercenary forces. Stretched to his limit, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be Tamas' estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty will be tested to its limit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great mix of fantasy with gunpowder

  • By GhostMuppet on 04-06-14

Great story, stellar narration!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-15

The author has a fine skill in painting different characters, from the war-like Powder Mages, the devious Privileged, the cerebral Investigator, to the timid Laundress. As the story continues, you see new sides of each of these, all played out in an outstanding adventure tale. The use of magic is secondary to the story line, this is mostly character and action-driven. I really enjoyed the adventures, the plot turns, and I look forward with great anticipation to reading the next in the series.

The narration in this book is amazing. All the different voices, both men and women, are voiced in their own distinct tones and accents. Especially fine are the timid laundress Nyla, and the general's down-to-earth bodyguard Ollem. The quality of narration takes this book from a great tale to an outstanding one!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Missing and the Dead (Logan McRae, Book 9)

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Close of the Bone and A Song for the Dying. One mistake can cost you everything…When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity' out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing - catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I persevered

  • By Colette on 23-01-15

Everyday police work, with some exciting twists

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-15

This story is much less blood-curdling than earlier books, but I enjoyed it on a different level. Not so much on the edge of my seat, but more than a bit of slogging through the day-to-day work that we all know so well, seasoned with MacBride's dark humour, and skillful observations of people and places. All in all, well written and much enjoyed.

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  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

Exquisite!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-15

The author paints such vivid word pictures, you can almost feel the winds and smell the sea on the Isle of Lewis. The characters are painted just as vividly, so it is an exquisite pleasure to listen to the story unfold. The mystery is just as carefully crafted. The flash-backs to Fin's childhood paint an evocative picture of another time and place, and gradually provide the motivations for the people involved in the modern crime. I have enjoyed it as much the second time thru as I did the first time. I will enjoy this story again and again.

  • Graceling

  • Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kristin Cashore
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punnishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By James Hall on 28-10-15

Exquisitely crafted story of adventure and romance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-15

Great characters, and excellent story line. Lots of dramatic tension, a dynamic heroine, and a great, light read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting

  • The Co-Dependency Connection
  • By: Patricia O'Gormon, Phil Diaz
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Rogers, Winter Rogers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Self-healing through self-parenting, a concept introduced a generation ago, has helped thousands of adult children of alcoholics who are codependent and have conflicts in their primary relationships. Now Patricia O'Gorman, PhD, and Phil Diaz, MSW, authors of the classic book The 12 Steps to Self-Parenting for Adult Children and its companion workbook, expand the reach of that successful healing paradigm to anyone who has suffered from any kind of trauma.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terribly slow narrator and content is restrictive & directive

  • By Lara on 03-11-15

Decent content, but one of the 2 readers is awful.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-15

As a self-help book goes, it contains some useful information about understanding where one comes from in order to adjust how one looks at the world today. The book is read by a woman and a man. The woman is excellent, but the man is so bizarre and awkward. Buy it for the content. I found it helpful, even though I skipped all the sections read by the man.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy of the Dead

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard to Scotland, where his harrowing journey to find the truth will drag him back through the fires of his past into secrets that still have the power to kill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much love and too much pain

  • By Rogayah on 23-03-16

Gripping tale, exquisite reading

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-15

This story is so skillfully written that you never know until the very end the whole picture. The narrator's reading is masterful, adding so much colour and life to all the different voices. This tale is one that I will enjoy revisiting several times more, to savour the subtler points and twists.

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  • Blood at the Root

  • An Inspector Banks Novel #9
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

When the brutally beaten body of a young man is found in an alley, Eastvale's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague, Detective Constable Susan Gay, have no choice but to lock up the three Pakistani youths who seemingly started it all after an argument in a pub. But they're out in no time, and Banks is in big trouble with the chief for risking a racial incident with the arrest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dated

  • By Mystery Girl on 30-05-12

Very ordinary police procedural.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-15

Nice pastime, but not outstanding. Lots of descriptive passages that don't really add much to the story. Charles Todd's Inspector Rutledge novels are much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fashion in Shrouds

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Francis Matthews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Both the skeleton and the corpse have died with suspicious convenience for Georgia Wells, a monstrous but charming actress with a raffish entourage. Georgia's best friend just happens to be Valentine, a top couturière and Campion's sister. In order to protect Valentine, Campion must unravel a story of blackmail and ruthless murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old fashioned - well maybe

  • By JillyB on 07-04-13

OK, but dated.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-14

The mystery parts of the story are actually pretty good: the author leads us on a merry chase, but the attitudes toward women, working women, women's fashions, and alternate lifestyles are very dated, and kind of get in the way of enjoying the story sometimes. Nice to see some characters returning from earlier books.

Nice job reading by Francis Matthews. I enjoy his characterisations of both men and women in the story.

Overall, I will probably listen to this one again, but I'll skip over some sections.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wrath of the Lemming-Men

  • By: Toby Frost
  • Narrated by: Clive Catterall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

From the depths of Space a new foe rises to do battle with mankind: the British Space Empire is threatened by the lemming-people of Yull, ruthless enemies who attack without mercy, fear or any concept of self preservation. At the call of their war god, the Yull have turned on the Empire, hell bent on conquest and destruction in their rush towards the cliffs of destiny. When the Yullian army is forced to retreat at the battle of the River Tam, the disgraced Colonel Vock swears revenge on the clan of Suruk the Slayer, Isambard Smith's homicidal alien friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and intelligent space romp!

  • By tinyNorman on 04-03-14

Funny and intelligent space romp!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-14

Toby Frost's characters, in this 3rd in the series, are still as funny as ever. Juxtaposition of Space Opera and British Empire memes leads to much silliness. Clive Catterall's reading is so perfectly low-key, that the irony and silliness kind of sneak up on you.

I have listened to this one 3 times already, since I purchased it, and will listen many more times. It is just as laugh-out-loud funny every time.

The previous book, God Emperor of Didcot, has been my go-to listen for light entertainment. This book is just as good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful